Federated Metadata Search for Polar Regions

POLDER (verb, Dutch): To work together to achieve consensus

The goal of single-window metadata search has been common across polar science and research communities for decades. Given the diversity of nations, institutions, and scientific communities that collect data in the polar regions, that goal has so far largely eluded us. At the moment, there are more than 50 data catalogues of significant interest to polar researchers. This fragmentation makes it difficult for potential data users to find the most relevant data to address a particular question.

We believe that the time is ripe to re-examine the opportunities for developing a federated search tool to discover polar data. Federated search allows users to search multiple metadata catalogues simultaneously, while avoiding many of the technical challenges associated with duplicating and translating metadata records between different standards. These challenges include mismatches between vocabularies and the difficulty in keeping translated metadata records up-to-date when the original record is amended.

POLDER is investigating options for developing the tools that underpin federated search for our community, while building on  global initiatives and existing tools like GEOSS, DataONE, and the Arctic Data Explorer. The Working Group reports to the Arctic Data Committee (ADC), Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SCADM), and Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS). As well as exploring the available tools and platforms, POLDER will seek funding and resources to develop federated search tools.

The Draft Terms of Reference for POLDER can be found here.

Members

Name

Institution

Affiliation

Co-chairs

 

Pip Bricher

Southern Ocean Observing System

SOOS, SCADM

Taco de Bruin

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

SOOS,SCADM, ADC

Alexander Smirnov

Arctic Portal

ADC

Members

 

Anton Van de Putte

Biodiversity.aq, Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management

SOOS, SCADM

Brendan Billingsley

Billingsley Custom Software

 

Halldor Johansson

Arctic Portal

ADC

Marten Tacoma

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

SCADM, ADC

Peter Pulsifer

National Snow and Ice Data Centre, Arctic Data Committee

ADC

Stein Tronstad

Norwegian Polar Institute

SCADM, ADC

Thomas Vandenberghe

Belgian Marine Data Centre

 

William Manley

Institute of Arctic and Antarctic Research

ADC

Lynn Yarmey

Research Data Alliance

 

Matthew Jones

Arctic Data Centre, DataONE

ADC

Gabrielle Alix

Polar Data Catalogue

SCADM

Stefanie Schumacher

PANGAEA

SOOS, SCADM, ADC

Jenny Thomas

Swiss Polar Institute

 

Kathryn Meyer

Arctic Data Centre

 

Yubao Qiu

Big Earth Data for the Three Poles, GEOCRI

 
 

Contact

Please contact the SOOS Data Officer, Pip Bricher (data [at] soos.aq) if you would like to provide feedback or get involved in the delivery of a federated search tool.

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